Ray and Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust

The Ray and Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust Donates $25,000.00 to the Because She Matters campaign

The Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital recently received a $25,000 donation from the Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust to support the Because She Matters campaign.

The Because She Matters campaign has been launched to raise money for Tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) and Molecular breast imaging that will detect breast cancer earlier and more effectively. The initiative is set to raise $500,000 for the purchase of the equipment which would directly benefit patients within our community and surrounding area.

"We are pleased to support this initiative because of the overall mission of a community based not for profit hospital like Murray-Calloway County Hospital to provide service and help to those in need," said Teresa Eckstein, Trustee of the Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust.

The Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust is a private foundation established by Ray and Kay Eckstein in 2005 as a way to share their good fortune with others.  The Eckstein's giving has primarily focused on Catholic affiliated or faith-based organizations, charities providing human services, organizations supporting families, and vibrant communities.

For more information on how you can make a donation and support the Because She Matters campaign, contact Keith Travis, VP of Development at 270.762.1908 or visit

Pictured left to right:  Keith Travis, VP of Development and Teresa Eckstein, wearing wings to show her support as a runner for the upcoming 6th annual Murray Half Marathon which supports the future Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.

Parker Family

Parker Family Donates $50,000 to the Emergency Department


The Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital is pleased to announce a gift in the amount of $50,000 from the John Parker Family to name the Emergency Department in the new South Tower. In recognition of the gift, Murray-Calloway County Hospital will name the emergency department in honor of John and Judy Parker.
The Emergency Department of Murray Hospital has special meaning to the Parker family. The physician’s and nurses in the Emergency Department have personally cared for several Parker family members, and the family has been very grateful for the care they’ve received over the years. The gift from the Parker Family is a lead gift for the Foundation. In recognition of the Parker’s generosity, the new department will be named the John and Judy Parker Emergency Department in their honor.
The Parker Family has been serving the Murray community since they first opened Parker Ford in 1928, making 2010 the 82nd anniversary. Joe, John, and David Parker have developed Parker Ford into a well-respected business that is known for their dependability and service throughout the area.
“We have always appreciated the quality healthcare provided by the hospital,” said Mr. John Parker. “It is our hope that this gift will enable the emergency department to continue its high quality care to the community.”


Murray-Calloway County Hospital Helicopter landing pad

Hospital Helicopter Landing PAD Named in Memory of Della Taylor


The Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital is pleased to announce a gift in the amount of $50,000 from Tommy D., Dan Keith, Dwain, Randy, Gary, and David Taylor of Murray to name the new helicopter-landing pad as part of the current construction project. The helicopter-landing pad, which will be located just outside of the new Emergency Department, will be named the Della Taylor Memorial Helipad, in honor of Ms. Della Taylor and the Taylor family.

The late Della Taylor was described as a devoted and extraordinary mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and was honored by Murray Ledger & Times on Mother’s Day in 1985 as mother of the year. She was born in 1906 on a farm in Hazel, and spent her life working to care for her family, her church, and her friends. Ms. Taylor also volunteered every Monday at Murray-Calloway County Hospital for over 25 years. She was married to the late John Tom Taylor who operated Taylor Motors, where Ms. Taylor also spent much of her time working alongside her husband, keeping books and as a parts clerk. The Taylor family chose to support the healthcare needs of our region, and honor Ms. Della Taylor with the naming of the helicopter-landing pad.
The new landing pad will provide patients and caregivers an improved transport route, increasing safety and decreasing the time required to transfer patients. Currently helicopter transports must travel to Murray’s State Stewart Stadium parking area, requiring multiple transports to take patients to and from the emergency department.

Pictured above:  Murray Middle School Fourth Grade Students tour MCCH and visit the helicopter landing pad.


Murray Bank donates to MC Endowment

Murray Bank Contributes $50,000 to The Foundation

The Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital recently received a donation from the Murray Bank for $50,000 toward an appropriate naming opportunity in the future Residential Hospice House. The Murray Bank is our second financial institution to make a donation towards the Hospice House.
“The Murray Bank understands the importance of hospice care and the Board of Directors felt strongly in supporting this project.  Having the Residential Hospice House in our hometown will provide a great service to the citizens and families in our community for many years to come.  Financially supporting the Hospice House coincides with The Murray Bank’s Mission Statement and we’re pleased to be in a position to financially support to such a needed project,” said Ronnie Gibson, President and CEO of Murray Bank.


Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House Brick Garden Named in Memory of Tommy and Billie Carroll

Tommie and Billie CarrollThe Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital will dedicate the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House future Brick Garden in memory of Tommy and Billie Carroll.

“We are honored to recognize the Carroll family for their $50,000 donation. The brick garden will be a beautiful area where hospice patients and their family can enjoy the outdoors,” said Keith Travis, VP of Development at MCCH.

The Hospice House has special meaning to the Carroll family as Billie Carroll, who was a much loved and cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all received Hospice care. After an extended fight with colon and liver cancer, she passed away 12 years ago. During that time, the Carroll family saw first-hand how important Hospice is for the patient and family. The entire Carroll family is proud to support building of the Hospice House.

“We wanted a way to leave a lasting legacy for generations of the Carroll family to come and the ‘Tommy & Billie Carroll Brick Memorial Garden’ was the perfect way to achieve this,” said Tonya Morris. “We hope others will purchase a brick as a way for them to memorialize or recognize their loved ones in a permanent and public way.”

Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Hospice House will be a 6-bed, residential facility. The facility will be used to provide patients with limited life expectancy a place where life’s journey can end peacefully and in dignity, surrounded by family and friends. The Tommy and Billie Carroll Memorial Brick Garden will be a memorable focal point at the entrance of the hospice house. The general public is invited to purchase a dedication brick. Dedication bricks offer a wonderful way to honor or memorialize a loved one, or celebrate and commemorate a special occasion in your life. If you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute to the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, or would like to purchase a brick that will be displayed in the Tommy and Billie Carroll memorial brick garden, please contact Keith Travis, VP of Development at 270-762-1908.


Murray Electric donates to Hospice House

Murray Electric Systems Makes Pledge to Hospice House

Murray Electric Systems pledged on behalf of their Board of Directors and its employees, over $8,500 worth of services to the future Hospice House, which will total $17,000 when matched by an anonymous donor. Murray Electric will be donating installation fees for all 12 hospice patient rooms, and the annual service of $1,500.

“The Murray Electric System Board of Directors and employees are honored to assist The Foundation at Murray-Calloway County Hospital in its worthy efforts to establish a hospice residence in Murray. This will be a tremendous benefit for patients and their families as they struggle with life ending situations,” said Tony Thompson, General Manager at Murray Electric System.

“It’s always exciting to partner with businesses in our community who support the need for a Hospice House in our area. We certainly appreciate the support of Murray Electric and the services they provide for our community members,” said Keith Travis, VP of Institutional Development.